WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out her fellow Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, for reportedly providing talking points that “trash” her.
- The Sanders campaign had reportedly been instructing volunteers to say that Warren is the candidate of elites who will not expand the Democratic base.
- The “disappointed” Warren advised Sanders to “turn his campaign in a different direction” and argued that Democrats “can’t have a repeat” of “the factionalism in 2016.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called out her fellow Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on Sunday for reportedly providing talking points that “trash” her.
A script obtained by Politico showed that the talking points being provided by the Sanders campaign say that Warren is the candidate of elites who will not expand the Democratic base.
The script instructed volunteers to say that Warren is “bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party” since her supporters “are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what.”
Warren told reporters in Iowa, “I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me.”
“Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time. He knows who I am, where I come from, what I have worked on and fought for and the coalition and grassroots movement we are trying to build,” she continued.
Warren pointed out that Democrats “can’t have a repeat” of “the factionalism in 2016.” She argued that for Democrats to win in 2020, “We cannot nominate someone who takes big chunks of the Democratic Coalition for granted.”
Warren continued, “We need someone who will bring our party together. We need someone who will excite every part of the Democratic Party, someone who will be there. Someone that every Democrat can believe in. I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.”
The Sanders campaign has declined to provide any comment regarding the document, but did not deny its authenticity.
Warren’s statements seem to be the first she has issued in criticism of the Sanders campaign. Warren had previously declined to give comparisons between her and Sanders even when asked by voters and reporters. She had often stated that the two of them are friends and that she is not one to comment on other campaigns.
Sanders has recently seen an improvement in the poll standings as the RealClearPolitics polling average shows him in the first place in both Iowa and New Hampshire. And as the first contests approach, the Sanders campaign has increasingly taken aim at his top rivals, such as Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Sanders’ improved standing caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted on Sunday: “Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party. So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!”
To which Sanders shot back: “It means you’re going to lose.”